Reminder: Competition Team Applications Due Today at 6pm.

Hello everyone,
A announced at the Monday, November 26th meeting, this year The Flying Toasters are instituting a new application process for members who want to be a part of the competition team. This process will involve writing a short essay explaining for each position why you want to have said position on the competition team. We will also be requiring the submission of two separate documents, the first of which is a written teacher recommendation along with a list of your current grades with teacher signature. The second document to be submitted is to be signed by you and a parent/guardian in order to certify your attendance to all required events.

Students can get the information, forms, and links using their BaseCamp Account and going to the HQ Team. 

The application must be submitted by the beginning of the December 3rd (6:00pm) meeting in order to be considered. 

Introducing Robots Explained!

The Flying Toasters are delighted to announce the launch of Robots Explained! Here we will be posting videos on various topics to help other FRC teams learn the basics of building their robot.

You can check out the first episode here:

And of course, check out the Robots Explained website:



We are working on developing a set schedule for creating and releasing new videos, so stay tuned!  

Bloomfield Girls Saturday Nov 10th

BUS:  Be at SLEHS, visitor lot by main door, by 6:45AM Saturday Morning November 10th.  Bus will promptly leave at 7AM Sharp.  

We are tentatively expecting to load the Bus at Bloomfield at 6:30PM with an arrival at SLEHS for 7:30PM.  As things progress throughout the day, this MAY CHANGE. Students will need to keep parents informed of times. 

Message from the events coordinator:

Team Coaches and Mentors – The 2018 Bloomfield Girls Robotics Competition will be held November 10 at Bloomfield Hills High School.
Some important information for you:
1) Webinar 11/5 at 7PM. Information is below. The topic is “Preparing for Competition”
2) Event agenda and maps are attached
3) Please bring robots and equipment through the north entrance off Long Lake Road (this is highlighted on the map)

Bloomfield Hills High School (new campus)4200 Andover Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Note: Be very careful if using GPS. Do not go to the old high school (Lahser Road)

4) We will have concessions available; if you would like to pre-order here is the lunch pre-order link:

  • FYI, if teams are bringing their own food, etc. be aware there is an FLL Jr. event during the morning in one of the eating areas. Therefore, until this event is completed we will have very limited places for you to reserve tables. Thank you for your flexibility
  • Electric cooking/warming/crock pots are not allowed by our school  

5) Please make sure to bring enough safety glasses for your entire team. We will not have a pool of safety glasses available. Sorry.

6) Event protocol: Robot driver/operator, human player, pilot and pit crew must be high school aged girls. Male team members can be in the pit but only in support/ advisory role. They cannot perform maintenance and repair on the robot. Special circumstances require approval by pit admin. No restrictions on who can be drive coach.
7) Announcement of the scholarship recipients is planned to take place following the end of qualification rounds
8) We will be collecting socks for teens of the Baldwin Center in Pontiac.  The Baldwin Center helps families in their area to succeed and we have decided that we would like to help them provide the comforts that many of us take for granted.  We are asking teams to bring new socks for the teen girls and boys at the Baldwin Center. All sizes will be appreciated. If your team can support this cause, please bring the socks to the tournament, there will be a box in pit administration for you to deposit the socks.

Thanks very much, and look forward to seeing you on November 10.
Andrew Raine

Crumble Rumble Food Sign-up:

Volunteer Refreshment and Lunch Room


Parents, thank you for signing up to bring something to help feed all of our hard working volunteers!

Please remember that we are feeding about 90 people and some may have restricted diets, so it would be most helpful if you could include a list of ingredients for anything that is homemade.

Kroger’s fried chicken and Aleko’s lasagna and bread sticks will also be provided. 

Please have all breakfast food in the volunteer room at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday and have all lunch food in the room before 10:30 a.m.

There are plugs in the room for crock pots; however there is no sink for dishwashing.

If you have any questions, feel free to call or text Karen Schmidt (810) 730-4353.

Date: 11/17/2018 (Sat.)

Time: 12:00pm – 12:45pm EDT

Location: Team Room at Millennium Middle School

Ford High School Science & Technology Program Starts October 13th!

Ford Motor Company’s High School Science and Technology Program will be starting up on Saturday, October 13.  The program consists of monthly Saturday sessions at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn. The program will have about six sessions with each session focusing on a STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) topic in the Automotive industry.  

More general information about the program and permission forms can be found at the following link:

More information on the first session held on October 13th can be found here:

The registration deadline for this first event is October 11th.  Register for the first session by clicking on the registration tab on the above link.

2018 Crumble Rumble FLL Tournament!

It’s that time again…Let’s Get Bready to Crumble!  The 3rd Annual Crumble Rumble First Lego League competition is Saturday, November 17th.  The Flying Toasters host this BIG outreach event!  It’s a great opportunity for the Toasters to provide opportunities for 4th and 5th graders to stretch themselves to meet fascinating challenges. The theme this year is space – “Into Orbit Global Challenge.” You can see a video of the robot challenge here:  

We will need all hands on deck for this event! We hold the event at Millennium Middle School with setup Friday evening from 5:30pm – around 8:30pm, and reappear about 7:00am on Saturday to run it. Clean up ends around 5:30pm.  These are mandatory volunteer events for all Flying Toaster students.  While the students are great volunteers, it takes over 100 volunteers and parents/adults, all of which are vital to our success.  Please consider volunteering and supporting our team’s effort!

We have a number of opportunities for adults and students. There will be some responsibilities before the event so that our volunteers are prepared. We will send out volunteer screening materials (mandatory background checks per the FIRST Robotics organization guideline) and also some on-line training with a simple test that can be taken at your convenience.

We should know the volunteer roles we need to fill this week. In the meantime, however, we are hoping you will keep the Crumble Rumble on your calendar. If you know you can or cannot participate, please let us know. Otherwise, we will be sending out more specific information as soon as we have it.

Thank you!! 

Barb Brodesser, Melissa Gembacz, and Molly Klemens

Crumble Rumble Committee

The Flying Toasters, Team #3641

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Sept. 10th Meeting: 

6-7pm Regular Team Meeting

7-8pm Training: FIRST Badges Level 1 – Safety

8-9pm Enrichment Time (students may work on projects, extend their skills, learn more about the topic discussed, meet in sub-groups, work on team tasks, etc.

Sept. 12th Meeting:

At our last competition meeting we discussed the roles and positions we will be working on developing students to fill. We will be continuing our work on this.  Also at the last competition team meeting, our robots quickly broke down and we ended up with none to practice with. Our 2017 robot has been fixed and 2016 is undergoing repairs.  Special duct fans have been ordered and received to provide great cooling for our new 775 chassis.  Come help us get them together and practice!

The back to school night is on Sept 12th, from 7-9pm.  The main room is will be used by the newly hired tech teacher, Mr. Sadowski from about 6:30 to 7:45pm.  During that time, we would like to see the team work on fixing the remaining robots, and providing demonstrations and display for parents to see.

Sept. 17th Meeting:

6-7pm Regular Monday Communication Meeting

7-8pm Team Sponsorship Meeting

8-9pm For team members in good standing that have all of their paperwork turned in and fees paid, they can work on enrichment projects and exercises.

8-9pm For new members or members that need to complete their paperwork and fees.

Late Sign-up, Sept 17th

If you are new to the team OR need to complete your sign up (forms & fees), we ask that both the student and parent come to our meeting on Monday, Sept 17th, From 7-9 pm. Parents, bring your calendar & Check book to the meeting!

You can get the information passed out at the June 4th meeting here:

Updated information will be provided at this meeting to the whole team.  Deadline to complete you paperwork and fees is October 1st.  No exceptions will be made.